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Miss America 2023–it’s a Motley Crew

Last sad days for Miss America. The pageant photographer should be sent back to Sears’ Portrait Studio.

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by Anonymousreply 180December 6, 2022 4:20 AM

Looks more like Miss China 🇨🇳

by Anonymousreply 1November 20, 2022 3:33 PM


Well, at least they don't call it a beauty pageant anymore. Are they trading "swimsuit" for "college loan debt" competition?

by Anonymousreply 2November 20, 2022 3:47 PM

It needs to stop now.

by Anonymousreply 3November 20, 2022 4:03 PM

At last! Or is some tranny gonna buy the organization and make it an even greater mockery of itself?

by Anonymousreply 4November 20, 2022 5:28 PM

Career Ambition: Become an empowerment speaker with the brand I founded, “Time to Shake Your Beauty.”

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by Anonymousreply 5November 20, 2022 5:37 PM

Wow what homely creatures.

by Anonymousreply 6November 24, 2022 11:06 AM

If this is the “Miss” category, I’m scared of what the Fraus look like.

Miss KY looks like Rachel Dratch and Miss ME…bitch! I thought R5 was joking but she actually said that.

Miss ND didn’t have access to a portable steamer or properly sized bra; her “dress” looks tacked on.

by Anonymousreply 7November 24, 2022 11:25 AM


The only one who's even close to attractive is (gulp) Miss Wyoming.

by Anonymousreply 8November 24, 2022 11:27 AM


by Anonymousreply 9November 24, 2022 11:41 AM

Miss Maryland isn't bad.

by Anonymousreply 10November 24, 2022 11:48 AM

R1 is right.

There's a whole lot of ugly here.

Just wait until Miss Greater Derry gets in next year.

Then it'll be a TOTAL joke.

If anything, either Arizona, Michigan, or Nebraska should win on looks alone.

by Anonymousreply 11November 24, 2022 12:06 PM

Never been the same since they kicked off Bert Parks. "There he goes, . . ."

by Anonymousreply 12November 24, 2022 12:32 PM

Ms. Connecticut has bodies buried in her backyard. And not in the fun way.

by Anonymousreply 13November 24, 2022 12:36 PM

I thought Hawaii looked decent.

Found an interview on youtube, and apparently she was Miss Teen USA Hawaii in 2017.

Her older sister also went to the Miss America pageant that same year.

She seems to have a lot of pageant experience, and that usually works in a contestant's favor.

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by Anonymousreply 14November 24, 2022 12:44 PM

It’s so cute and edgy to pair a formal dress with masculine sneakers….said 1984.

by Anonymousreply 15November 24, 2022 1:05 PM

20 years ago these people would’ve been laughed out of a beauty pageant.

by Anonymousreply 16November 24, 2022 1:07 PM

Miss America is about scholarships! Miss USA is about sluts!!!

by Anonymousreply 17November 24, 2022 1:09 PM

Miss Executive Secretary (Montana), Miss Aging Prematurely (Kentucky), Miss I Graduated With Honors While High on Crack/ Miss I Was A Dog in High School (Maine)…

by Anonymousreply 18November 24, 2022 1:10 PM

I love Savanna Cabanna. Hope she wins.

by Anonymousreply 19November 24, 2022 1:11 PM

Miss New York is a big boned gal. Or, a tranny.

by Anonymousreply 20November 24, 2022 1:25 PM

Miss Texas does NOT have big hair. How is that possible?

by Anonymousreply 21November 24, 2022 1:30 PM

I have a good friend who was Miss Teen Kentucky years ago. Part of her prize was a lifetime supply of Aquanet. Her closet was full of bottles and she finally had to tell they to stop sending it.

by Anonymousreply 22November 24, 2022 1:32 PM

Has the pageant been over ran by "Non-Binary" / "Stunning And Brave" activists yet?

by Anonymousreply 23November 24, 2022 1:37 PM

What’s with the blazers? Some of them look like they just left the lab.

by Anonymousreply 24November 24, 2022 1:39 PM

Well, Suzanne Sugarbaker's been proven wrong - Miss Mississippi is kind of homely (albeit far from the worst of the bunch.

by Anonymousreply 25November 24, 2022 1:41 PM

We're a bunch of cheap sluts in Missouri, our gurlie is a fine representative.

by Anonymousreply 26November 24, 2022 1:48 PM

Miss North Dakota wearing what appears to be an outfit she made in sewing class, needs a haircut and a bra.

by Anonymousreply 27November 24, 2022 1:54 PM

But what amazing talents will they show??

by Anonymousreply 28November 24, 2022 2:24 PM

Miss Maine for the win! That gal can party!

by Anonymousreply 29November 24, 2022 2:28 PM

Maine looks like Rachel Dratch in a party city wig.

by Anonymousreply 30November 24, 2022 2:54 PM

Geez, those women are not attractive.

Remember when the contestants from the southern states like Alabama, Texas, Missouri, Georgia were gorgeous. You'd think that the least those maga redneck states could do is produce attractive women for Miss America since they contribute nothing else to the country.

by Anonymousreply 31November 24, 2022 2:58 PM

Most of them look like entry-level headshots that a talent agency receives and discards by the truckload.

by Anonymousreply 32November 24, 2022 3:03 PM

Why did they pose all the black girls vamping and being “sassy”?

by Anonymousreply 33November 24, 2022 3:10 PM

not seeing the sassy black girl image.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 24, 2022 3:15 PM

the photo editor has a talent for choosing the worst image. Every one looks dry, dry hair and skin

by Anonymousreply 35November 24, 2022 3:18 PM

Ugly girls need representation too. Now every girl can dream of being a Miss America.

by Anonymousreply 36November 24, 2022 3:31 PM

[quote]She seems to have a lot of pageant experience, and that usually works in a contestant's favor.

Preachin' to the choir.

by Anonymousreply 37November 24, 2022 3:36 PM

None of these bitches could even win Miss Valdosta Feed & Grain.

by Anonymousreply 38November 24, 2022 3:37 PM

NY, TN and HI are pretty

by Anonymousreply 39November 24, 2022 3:38 PM

But they’re so smart!!! So beautiful on the inside!

by Anonymousreply 40November 24, 2022 3:38 PM

But they're so articulate and thoughtful! Click on "Learn More" if you dare.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

As 2022 comes to a close, I hope you enter the new year with the same excitement and determination I had as I slammed my face into this cake after reaching a huge milestone!

by Anonymousreply 41November 24, 2022 3:43 PM

I think the way they are posed and styled is terrible. I couldn't even finish looking at those photos. Yikes.

by Anonymousreply 42November 24, 2022 3:46 PM

I like Miss Connecticut. She has a cute face and her talent is Latin Dance. Bring it girl.

by Anonymousreply 43November 24, 2022 3:48 PM

Miss Alaska and Miss Arkansas look like they would cut a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 44November 24, 2022 3:59 PM

Miss Florida for the win.

by Anonymousreply 45November 24, 2022 4:10 PM

I miss the glory days: when our Miss America was an incest survivor, or did a soft porn shoot, or who was stone dead, or who had one leg shorter than the other until God healed her. They don’t crown those types any longer.😵‍💫

by Anonymousreply 46November 24, 2022 4:34 PM


by Anonymousreply 47November 24, 2022 4:35 PM

r46 You're not going back far enough. The "good old days" was when they all had middle names and made questionable choices for the talent competition.

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by Anonymousreply 48November 24, 2022 4:47 PM

That talent act is what won her the crown. God told her she would win and she did.

by Anonymousreply 49November 24, 2022 5:01 PM

Yes, R46, it’s shameful they no longer crown physically attractive contestants.

If the deaf and gimpy-legged can figure out how to properly present themselves, I’m trying to understand how some of these women are even here.

Who told Miss CA to pose like that? Of all the features to draw our attention to, THAT is not the one.

Miss ID has skunk bangs…maybe she’s been coasting on having nice tits because I don’t see it. Just read she wants to teach on overseas military bases and it’s starting to make sense.

Less than 10 photogenic women in a grouping of 51 and these women represent the best from their states. This is sad.

by Anonymousreply 50November 24, 2022 5:03 PM

Take a look at the areas of studies for these women.

Communications and Marketing.

No education majors, veterinarians, dentists or doctors.

Communications and Marketing.

And the next time you watch a TV news broadcast with a breathless newscaster reading the news or presentation without any understanding, you'll recall those people who are reading the news.

Are reading the news.

by Anonymousreply 51November 24, 2022 5:12 PM

I spoke too soon, Miss Idaho is an Education major?

by Anonymousreply 52November 24, 2022 5:13 PM

Im guessing these contestants did their own hair and makeup for this photoshoot.

Professional makeup artist adjust for different lighting scenarios. Black and white photography requires a different type of makeup to photograph well.

I think I see tracks in the hairlines of some of these contestants, this is a flaw that should be edited out.

by Anonymousreply 53November 24, 2022 5:17 PM

FWIW R46, Miss South Carolina is a rape survivor.

by Anonymousreply 54November 24, 2022 5:19 PM

I didn't notice Miss Idahos skunk bangs, her jawline was the only thing I noticed.

She has a long, square jaw with a pointed tip.

Genetics are a bitch.

A good photo editor can adjust for genetic .........disappointment.

And, know your angles when you get your photograph taken.

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by Anonymousreply 55November 24, 2022 5:35 PM

Miss West Virginia is rather pretty. Her degree is in Animal and Poultry Science and her talent is Motivational Monologue.

She lives in a van down by the river.

by Anonymousreply 56November 24, 2022 5:39 PM

You'll all be sorry, when Miss Greater Derry becomes Miss New Hampshire, and then Miss America.

by Anonymousreply 57November 24, 2022 5:42 PM

I miss the swimsuit competition.

by Anonymousreply 58November 24, 2022 5:57 PM

I think skunk bangs (chunky highlights) are coming back. We're going to see more women with Ginger Spice hair.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 24, 2022 6:03 PM

Every time they lack any discernible talent they create an odd act. I still remember one who did “clowning” as her talent

by Anonymousreply 60November 24, 2022 6:05 PM

Fingers crossed that one or more of them are mimes.

by Anonymousreply 61November 24, 2022 6:08 PM

DL has spoken.

Miss Maine has it in the bag.

The same bag she vomited into in the Uber after winning the unofficial shots drinking contest.

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by Anonymousreply 62November 24, 2022 6:16 PM

Ms. Hawaii is gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 63November 24, 2022 6:19 PM

Lots of plain janes here. I wonder if Asian-Americans will start treating Miss America like they do the Spelling Bee.

by Anonymousreply 64November 24, 2022 6:19 PM

Jesus. Is this a pageant or a pig party?

by Anonymousreply 65November 24, 2022 6:21 PM

DC, Mississippi and Nebraska are all beautiful and also serving resting bitch face.

by Anonymousreply 66November 24, 2022 6:23 PM

Miss Kentucky’s talent is clogging to “Banjo Fantasy”.

by Anonymousreply 67November 24, 2022 6:29 PM

Miss Louisiana’s talent is Contemporary Clogging.

Is clogging a thing now?

by Anonymousreply 68November 24, 2022 6:31 PM

There’s a long history of clogging @ Miss America!

by Anonymousreply 69November 24, 2022 6:35 PM

If you haven't got any real talent you can always stomp around like a clydesdale with a technique learned in 5 minutes.

by Anonymousreply 70November 24, 2022 6:44 PM

[quote] Miss New York is a big boned gal. Or, a tranny.

Miss New York is the prettiest and, yes, they all look like trannies.

by Anonymousreply 71November 24, 2022 7:01 PM

Yes, NY is a looker.

I hate the 1980s senior-photo styling, posing with their hand holding up their face.

by Anonymousreply 72November 24, 2022 9:26 PM

Here she is... Miss America 2023.

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by Anonymousreply 73November 24, 2022 9:30 PM

I was still prettier than all these broads when I was 40 years old!

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by Anonymousreply 74November 25, 2022 1:27 PM

And Bess could actually play classical piano. She was so clearly the best contestant that year—a slam dunk…she tells the story of being begged to change her name for the pageant, which she refused to do.

by Anonymousreply 75November 25, 2022 1:34 PM

Lol at how tragic they all look. The gays can't even have the beauty pageants any longer. The wokees have truly ruined everything.

by Anonymousreply 76November 25, 2022 1:51 PM

"Woke" is the way they call you an "en word" lover.

by Anonymousreply 77November 25, 2022 2:16 PM

[quote] Miss West Virginia is rather pretty. Her degree is in Animal and Poultry Science and her talent is Motivational Monologue.

I thought you were joking. Her talent really is Motivational Monologue. Maybe the slot for shooting ping pong balls out of her ass was already taken.

by Anonymousreply 78November 25, 2022 2:55 PM

The pageant has been in trouble for some time and might not survive another few years. They have no tv/streaming contract and they have gone from having it in convention hall in Atlantic City to a smaller event center at the Mohegan sun next month.

Ohio’s mother and 2 aunts competed at Miss America. They are all classical pianists.

A few years ago a former Miss America was going to auction off her crown for charity, and it didn’t get one bid.

by Anonymousreply 79November 25, 2022 4:03 PM

Oregon is… off. No lip and a Karen cut.

South Carolina looks tranny as hell.

Miss America is the WORST.

by Anonymousreply 80November 25, 2022 4:30 PM

I agree, OP. The photographer really fouled this one up. These look like photos of realtors and bank loan brokers in a Midwestern city.

by Anonymousreply 81November 25, 2022 5:20 PM

OP here—I thought you guys might rag on the photo quality a bit more…my high school homecoming Queen got better photo treatment in our senior yearbook!

That said, based on these pages, I would say the likely winner is from OHIO, Hawaii or New York…at least under the “old system.” Ultimately, who cares—except to note that Miss America was the OG reality show. It ruled American tv ratings for two decades.

by Anonymousreply 82November 25, 2022 6:30 PM

When I first started looking at these beauties I knew exactly what miss MA was going to look like. Ugh

by Anonymousreply 83November 25, 2022 7:10 PM

R83, if I recall correctly, even back in the good old days, the New England Misses were rarely very pretty.

It's funny to remember how excited little gay me would get at the age of 8 or 9 to watch the Miss America pageant at my grandparents' house. Grandma was ruthlessly critical and a talented mimic - she'd fit right in at the DL! - and would mock the contestants whom she deemed unworthy of such an exalted event. The pageant was right up there with the Oscars as far as I was concerned as a annual ritual that generated nervous excitement for days ahead of time.

by Anonymousreply 84November 25, 2022 9:18 PM

[quote]if I recall correctly, even back in the good old days, the New England Misses were rarely very pretty.

I told you all this over 30 years ago!

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by Anonymousreply 85November 25, 2022 9:22 PM

I loved Miss America too. Our local paper (which helped sponsor the Miss Alabama Pageant) would run a feature showing different outfits Miss Alabama was going to wear during pageant week.

by Anonymousreply 86November 25, 2022 9:40 PM

R84 here is a brief shining moment for Miss Massachusetts

…strangely, in the late 60s/early 70s, New England did very well in the top 5 / top 10,

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by Anonymousreply 87November 25, 2022 9:41 PM

R87, thank you for that. September 7, 1968. There's no doubt I was watching. I almost teared up when Bert started singing "There She Is". We mock it now, but winning Miss America was a big deal for these women. The tearful thrill (theirs, not mine) was real. All that and Bess Myerson, too!

The winner, Judith Ford, Miss Illinois, was very pretty in a typical Miss America wholesome way. She's still alive at 72 and seems to have aged well as of 2015.

It being 1968, there were feminists protesting outside the Convention Center. Apparently, they threw bras and other feminine products (I don't know if that included FDS) into a trash can. A newspaper headline conflated that act with draft-card burning, and the famous "Women's Lib" bra-burning legend was born. (Well, it was famous at the time.)

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by Anonymousreply 88November 25, 2022 10:21 PM

Though the blondes didn’t fare as well in the B&W photos, Miss OK still looks like she could finish in the money.

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by Anonymousreply 89November 26, 2022 1:52 AM

And every one ... a VIRGIN.

by Anonymousreply 90November 26, 2022 3:19 AM

[quote]If you haven't got any real talent you can always stomp around like a clydesdale with a technique learned in 5 minutes.

Jane Jayroe, Miss America 1966–67, conducted the pageant orchestra, and she knew it was a lame, stupid talent. She never expected to place, much less win, and she had never done pageants before her sorority sisters talked her into entering her school's preliminary. She even considered quitting during her reign because she thought she wasn't doing a good job. She went on to become a well-known local news anchor in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

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by Anonymousreply 91November 26, 2022 8:44 AM

Which one of them will be shooting ping pong balls out of their twat?

by Anonymousreply 92November 26, 2022 9:05 AM

r89, Miss Oklahoma looks to be about 42. Who the fuck took these photos? The lighting is wrong (you can see every shadow, pore, and glug of makeup on the girl's faces).

by Anonymousreply 93November 26, 2022 9:06 AM

The photos themselves suck. They all look washed out, it doesn't even look like a professional took them. A lot of them look like they're wearing Century 21 Realtor jackets, too. The blondes look the worst. Dry hair, dry skin, overly expressive expressions, ( some not enough though). A 16 yr old kid could have taken better photos. Just pretty damned bad for Miss America.

by Anonymousreply 94November 26, 2022 9:36 AM

Miss America? I think you're mistaken OP. This is actually Crufts.

by Anonymousreply 95November 26, 2022 9:46 AM

South Carolina is for sure a man. Also maybe New Mexico, among others.

by Anonymousreply 96November 26, 2022 9:52 AM

[quote] South Carolina is for sure a man. Also maybe New Mexico, among others.

R96 is guilty of hate speech!!

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by Anonymousreply 97November 26, 2022 10:08 AM

College Major: English, Minor in Political Science

Scholarship Winnings: $70,000

Scholastic Honors: Dean’s List, Cum Laude Graduate, SC life Scholarship Recipient, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society

Career Ambition: To become a prosecutor focused on ensuring crime victims have as many rights as perpetrators

Talent: Vocal

Social Impact Initiative: As a rape survivor myself, I know firsthand that America has a problem with sexual assault. My goal is to shatter the cycle of silence surrounding rape culture.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My grandmother always told me, “Never pass up tiramisu if it is on the dessert menu!”

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by Anonymousreply 98November 26, 2022 10:27 AM

Miss Georgia and Miss Ohio seem lovely. The rest ... to me, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 99November 26, 2022 11:20 AM

Miss Maine is the trainwreck we need and deserve,

by Anonymousreply 100November 26, 2022 11:31 AM

Still can't believe that nice Bess Myerson was a crook

by Anonymousreply 101November 26, 2022 1:26 PM

R91 Miss California was robbed that year

by Anonymousreply 102November 26, 2022 1:51 PM

This freak show has been near death for years.

The photos are barely "resume head shot" quality.

It's good to see faces with character though.

by Anonymousreply 103November 26, 2022 2:09 PM

One must assume they are all virgins

by Anonymousreply 104November 26, 2022 2:10 PM

The poses are ridiculous and I’ve yet to see their bodies, but miss Ohio looks like the winner to me based on these photos…

by Anonymousreply 105November 26, 2022 2:21 PM

Gaylings today will never know the spectacle of a huge Miss America pageant. It was family viewing for all!

by Anonymousreply 106November 26, 2022 3:37 PM

[quote]Jane Jayroe, Miss America 1966–67

It's Jane ANNE Jayroe! The middle name is MANDATORY.

by Anonymousreply 107November 27, 2022 1:22 AM

No it's not. But they did want me to change my name to something more Aryan-sounding.

by Anonymousreply 108November 27, 2022 1:28 AM

Which d-list celebrity is hosting?

by Anonymousreply 109November 27, 2022 1:28 AM

Miss USA pageant or Miss FAS pageant ?!? Damn that is a kennel chock full of mutts ! A couple are marginally pretty,but not one is truly beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 110November 27, 2022 1:40 AM

The photos were unannounced prior to a meeting with all the contestants. The photos were taken when the meeting was over. They had no time to change outfits or adjust makeup and hair. I guess the organization feels you should be prepared for anything during your reign.

Over two-thirds of the final score is based on talent and private interviews. They are looking for ambitious women, not those who look good in a swimsuit or hide behind makeup and hair.

I think the organization moved to change too quickly and suddenly. Supporters and sponsors were not prepared for the changes. Some former Miss Americas refuse to have anything to do with the new program, solely because they were not kept in the loop. Only about 25 former Miss Americas showed up for the 100th anniversary pageant.

It's snowballing fast. It was a pop-cultural entity that has run its course.

by Anonymousreply 111November 27, 2022 1:54 AM

R111, its course would still be alive, if controversial (and thus more interesting), if they had maintained emphasis on being a beauty pageant. Miss America always pretended the other stuff mattered - and it did at the margins - but first and foremost it was about being physically attractive. They should have stuck with that and damn what the feminists thought. By trying to appease "modern sensibilities" they killed the goose that laid the golden egg. If they were still proudly and openly about beautiful women who were also talented and poised, they could do quite well.

by Anonymousreply 112November 27, 2022 2:03 AM

The evening gown competition was must see tv in our house. Mother and I were glued to the set. "I cant believe how low cut her dress is Mother" ! "I know,are they allowing loose women now?" Good times !

by Anonymousreply 113November 27, 2022 2:08 AM

Was there some big reckoning with the Miss America pageant? When did it happen? Because these women are distinctly average looking if not homely. I remember the pageants when I was a kid and the women all had the same kind of look, even features, thick glossy hair, lots of white teeth and the same smile, like a rectangle shape. It used to fascinate me because I couldn’t get my lips to make that shape. They looked like they were created in the same factory. These girls look like they work in the factory.

by Anonymousreply 114November 27, 2022 10:54 AM

[quote]Was there some big reckoning with the Miss America pageant?


[quote]When did it happen?

In 2018.

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by Anonymousreply 115November 27, 2022 10:59 AM

Yet more evidence that the 2010s were a disastrous decade, exceeded to date only by the 2020s.

by Anonymousreply 116November 27, 2022 11:15 AM

The two Laurens are the prettiest ones. The black girls are pretty, too.

Sadly, most of these women look like they stepped out of a trailer park.

These pageants are fucking ridiculous. No one watches this shit anymore. No one cares.


by Anonymousreply 117November 27, 2022 11:23 AM

If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to name the most recent Miss America, rather than say “I don’t know,” I’d guess Heather Whitestone or Leanza Cornett. I haven’t followed the pageant since the mid-90’s.

by Anonymousreply 118November 27, 2022 11:53 AM

People who used to watch this now watch reality tv love shows with hot bodies on display. This genre will never go away. Just the formatting will change.

by Anonymousreply 119November 27, 2022 12:06 PM

Years ago we received a visit from a former contestant who competed with Vanessa Williams and later came out (Trelynda Kerr, Miss Oklahoma 1983–84). She was very nice but didn't spill any tea as I recall.

by Anonymousreply 120November 27, 2022 1:49 PM

Whatever happened to the lesbian Miss America from Alabama, who came out publicly and then married her wife?

That was a shocker.

by Anonymousreply 121November 27, 2022 5:37 PM

Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998, has been in several Broadway shows and is currently the president of Actors Equity.

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by Anonymousreply 122November 27, 2022 9:04 PM

^ mediocre on both counts…she peaked early at Northwestern and as Miss America.

by Anonymousreply 123November 27, 2022 9:34 PM

[quote]Whatever happened to the lesbian Miss America from Alabama, who came out publicly and then married her wife?

Deidre Downs Gunn (who, oddly, kept her husband's name) is a fertility doctor. She has a son from her first marriage, and her wife carried their daughter.

by Anonymousreply 124November 27, 2022 9:45 PM

R4 is probably Marjorie Taylor Greene. Bigot.

by Anonymousreply 125November 27, 2022 9:48 PM

Beanie Felicity Feldstein would absolutely win Miss America if she were to compete. There, I said it.

by Anonymousreply 126November 27, 2022 10:02 PM

You can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes.

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by Anonymousreply 127November 27, 2022 10:09 PM

If you're a Miss America nerd, PageantsHayDay on YouTube is a gold mine. It's interesting to see how the pageant subtly evolved over the years—for example, for 1969–1970 they dropped Bess Myerson as co-host to be more "hip" and "with it."

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by Anonymousreply 128November 27, 2022 11:46 PM

OMG. The hairstyles in that "parade of states". My sister had Barbies wearing dresses like those.

by Anonymousreply 129November 28, 2022 12:26 AM

Many proponents of the return of swimsuits express one prevailing thought in mind.

"You won't be successful in your life unless you are thin and pretty."

The elephant in the room....

by Anonymousreply 130November 28, 2022 1:32 AM

[quote]"You won't be successful in your life unless you are thin and pretty."

Well, it helps.

by Anonymousreply 131November 28, 2022 1:36 AM

Each of the ladies really capture this year's theme, each in their own way.

by Anonymousreply 132November 28, 2022 1:41 AM

It's in December now? In an otherwise boring month, I always looked forward to it in September....twenty years ago, when I watched it.

by Anonymousreply 133November 28, 2022 1:49 AM

My college's library had the first Miss America tell-all book, sportswriter Frank Deford's [italic]There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America.[/italic] It was published in 1971 but was a pretty dishy read for the time. Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, told the author that most of the other contestants were huge bitches to her and posted a sign in her backstage dressing area reading HAIRY SITS HERE (a reference to her thick Liz Taylor–ish eyebrows).

by Anonymousreply 134November 28, 2022 2:16 AM

I enjoyed The Miss America, Miss USA & Miss USA pageants as a baby gayling in the 80s and 90s. But admittedly in the hellish atmosphere we call today's world, it all seems so irrelevant and passe.

Do you think The Miss America Organization will give in to the "Stunning And Brave" misfits and let Trannys, DragRacers, Non-Binaries, Lizzo 400 Pounders, Handicaps, Dwarfs, Tattoo/Piercing Circus Freaks,etc) compete?

Or will they just say "Fuck It" and let the whole organization become defunct?

by Anonymousreply 135November 28, 2022 2:24 AM

Vintage Miss America thread from 2009 featuring special guest Trelynda Kerr. She had nothing but great things to say about her experience and said she and pretty much every other contestant knew Vanessa Williams was going to win in 1983.

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by Anonymousreply 136November 28, 2022 2:41 AM

I meant Miss America, Miss USA & MISS UNIVERSE Pageants at R135

by Anonymousreply 137November 28, 2022 2:41 AM

Which one will Eric Trump fuck on the table?

by Anonymousreply 138November 28, 2022 4:25 AM

Kate Schindle (MA 1998) is awesome.

Very gay friendly.

One of only two Miss Americas to win with an AIDS awareness platform.

by Anonymousreply 139November 28, 2022 4:48 AM

Thanks for linking that thread, R136! I had heard about Trelynda coming out (I think through a YouTube comment) but didn't know she visited Datalounge in 2009 (this was years before I discovered this place).

Now I need to link the opening number of Miss America 1984. It's so over-the-top in its cheesiness, I love it. "GO FOR IT!!!" and the Miss America dancers.....

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by Anonymousreply 140November 28, 2022 4:55 AM

Here's the entire thing, complete with commercials.

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by Anonymousreply 141November 28, 2022 5:21 AM

[quote]For 1969–1970 they dropped Bess Myerson as co-host to be more "hip" and "with it."

I stand corrected—Bess dropped the TV gig after she was appointed NYC's commissioner for consumer affairs.

by Anonymousreply 142November 28, 2022 5:25 AM

Oh my god r140, when they come out and it's all business.

"Go for it!"

by Anonymousreply 143November 28, 2022 9:34 AM

The Miss America alumnae segment right after this (R141) is super-cringey as well:

"Following her reign, Bettypam built a successful career performing interpretive dance for the retarded!"

by Anonymousreply 144November 28, 2022 9:45 AM

[quote] "Following her reign, Bettypam built a successful career performing interpretive dance for the retarded!"

Her next project will be working with the coloreds and orientals!

by Anonymousreply 145November 28, 2022 9:51 AM

Pam Battles, Miss Alabama, was wrong for that feather-and-sofa-cover power suit in the opening parade of contestants.

by Anonymousreply 146November 28, 2022 10:14 AM

There is no Miss America for 1950. The winner of the pageant the season after 1949 was crowned Miss America 1951 so that most of her reign would be in the current year.

The pageant was held in September, 1950.

by Anonymousreply 147November 28, 2022 7:56 PM

Damn. These pics are awful.

by Anonymousreply 148November 28, 2022 8:00 PM

The Pageant is a history lesson in pop culture.

Look at how the contestants dressed for the parade of states. All jet-setting by flying in an airplane. Most of them are beautiful by today's standards.

It used to be everybody dressed in their best to travel by air. Here in 1968. The good old days I remember....

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by Anonymousreply 149November 29, 2022 1:05 AM

Miss Alaska won. Asian American

by Anonymousreply 150November 29, 2022 4:33 AM

^No, that was last year. These pics are of the upcoming crop.

by Anonymousreply 151November 29, 2022 4:49 AM

Miss Rhode Island Miss New York Miss Colorado

by Anonymousreply 152November 29, 2022 5:06 AM

[quote] Miss Alaska won. Asian American

She was a total dog, too.

by Anonymousreply 153November 29, 2022 2:07 PM

Why do a pageant if you don't have pretty girls? Some of them are just not very pretty.

by Anonymousreply 154November 29, 2022 2:26 PM

[quote] Miss Alaska won. Asian American

[quote] She was a total dog, too.

She'll be seen next as a contestant in the Iditarod.

by Anonymousreply 155November 29, 2022 8:40 PM

I think she is adorable. I have never seen a pageant contestant speak so honestly about her flaws. The other contestants were thrilled she won. The judges were previous Miss Americas. They know the job best and picked an excellent winner.

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by Anonymousreply 156November 30, 2022 2:50 AM

This introduction of former Miss Americas at the 90th anniversary pageant.

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by Anonymousreply 157November 30, 2022 3:14 AM

[quote] The other contestants were thrilled she won.

They always are, it’s called “being a good sport.”

by Anonymousreply 158November 30, 2022 8:08 AM

Is it being held at Westminster?…

by Anonymousreply 159November 30, 2022 11:35 PM

You know when the contestants don't like the winner. They don't clap. They don't smile. They gather around the runners-up, just a few offering congratulations to the winner. I've seen it several times. In each case, the winner was reportedly a bitch to the others all week. It's uncomfortable to watch.

by Anonymousreply 160December 1, 2022 4:11 AM

Everyone LOVED Heather Whitestone.

Her crowning was special, I have to admit.

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by Anonymousreply 161December 1, 2022 4:14 AM

In perspective, Heather Whitestone is the first deaf Miss America. She wasn't aware she had won until first runner-up Cullen Johnson pointed to her to indicate she had.

by Anonymousreply 162December 1, 2022 4:22 AM

[quote]You know when the contestants don't like the winner. They don't clap. They don't smile. They gather around the runners-up, just a few offering congratulations to the winner. I've seen it several times. In each case, the winner was reportedly a bitch to the others all week. It's uncomfortable to watch.

I love this clip from the 2015 Miss Amazonas pageant in Brazil—not only the bitter runner-up but the contestant off to the side who's all "Clap for this hooker, y'all!"

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by Anonymousreply 163December 1, 2022 4:28 AM

Miss Congeniality, my ass.

by Anonymousreply 164December 1, 2022 4:31 AM

And of course, it wouldn't be a proper pageant thread without the Miss Gay Brazil Wig Snatch.

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by Anonymousreply 165December 1, 2022 4:33 AM

R87, R91: Say what you will, but Bert Parks knew how to call a paegant. R128: There's Miss Susan Anton as Miss California.

by Anonymousreply 166December 1, 2022 5:05 AM

Heather Whitestone danced en pointe for her talent. Because she was deaf, she could not hear the music, but she counted steps and felt the vibrations of the notes.

Some in the audience stomped their feet so she could feel the applause. I've never seen a response like that during a Miss America pageant. I was told there were tears aplenty in Convention Hall.

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by Anonymousreply 167December 2, 2022 4:33 AM

Vanessa Williams' winning talent.

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by Anonymousreply 168December 3, 2022 3:38 AM

What's up with those photos? Half of them are touching their chins. Is that some sort of signal to the outside world? Are they calling for help, or just signaling the Mothership?

by Anonymousreply 169December 3, 2022 4:53 AM

These women are almost all not very attractive. Some are really fug.

by Anonymousreply 170December 3, 2022 7:11 AM

I love Miss Georgia. She has a great vibe and I hope she wins.

by Anonymousreply 171December 3, 2022 7:28 AM

[quote]Heather Whitestone danced en pointe for her talent. Because she was deaf, she could not hear the music, but she counted steps and felt the vibrations of the notes.

[quote]Some in the audience stomped their feet so she could feel the applause. I've never seen a response like that during a Miss America pageant. I was told there were tears aplenty in Convention Hall.

Paige Phillips, Miss Alabama 1980, got a similarly long and enthusiastic ovation after her ventriloquism talent at Miss America 1981. She was only 17 at the time, which probably worked against her winning (she came in first runner-up).

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by Anonymousreply 172December 3, 2022 7:45 PM

Miss Maine and fetal alcohol syndrome come to mind

by Anonymousreply 173December 3, 2022 9:24 PM

R172 she’s tarted up for 17

by Anonymousreply 174December 4, 2022 3:04 PM

Interesting that Ms Ohio’s talent is classical piano. Her stubby little sausage fingers must really have to work like mad to pound out a tune.

by Anonymousreply 175December 4, 2022 3:48 PM

R112 I think Gretchen Carlson in the late 80s or early 90s (?) won mostly due to her impressive violin performance. Physically she was more of a stocky little scrunch-faced troll.

by Anonymousreply 176December 4, 2022 4:04 PM

I love that the Christlike Heather Whitestone called out Gretch for being a raging cunt.

by Anonymousreply 177December 4, 2022 10:48 PM

Gretchen Carlson won Miss America 1989 in September 1988. Like Vanessa Williams, she won her local and the state pageant in her first try.

William Goldman, one of the preliminary judges, called her "Miss Piggy" in his book.

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by Anonymousreply 178December 4, 2022 11:54 PM

Here's Miss Ohio's talent, performed in the state pageant.

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by Anonymousreply 179December 6, 2022 3:53 AM

Funny that Miss Kentucky 2022 is clogging to Banjo Fantasy, Miss Kentucky 1992 also clogged to it at the Miss America pageant.

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